Each January, we gather to honor our colleagues for their long-term service to the School. This year, we celebrated the milestone anniversaries of 14 Brimmer faculty and staff. Over the next month, we will share highlights from the event’s inspirational speeches. We hope you enjoy learning more about some of the talented, dedicated, and dynamic individuals who help make Brimmer such a special place.
TEN YEAR MILESTONES
Yuhong Jia, Middle & Upper School Mandarin Teacher
Yuhong Jia joined us ten years ago as a Middle & Upper School Mandarin teacher, and Brimmer has benefited immensely from her knowledge and instruction ever since. She is the consummate colleague, and always one of the first to volunteer to cover a class or a duty. She creates a safe learning environment in her classes where her students feel comfortable taking risks as they learn a new language that can be extremely challenging. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, her dedication to our international students is remarkable. She is their advocate, and goes above and beyond to make sure they, and their families, feel comfortable and supported at Brimmer.
Pete Slaski, Upper School Math Teacher
Over the past ten years, Pete has been teaching students concepts of synthetic division, quadratic equations, and statistical models. He works tirelessly to support the full spectrum of learners in his classroom by making his lessons relatable, differentiating for the range of abilities, and going the extra mile to help every student be successful. On top of teaching math, Pete was a beloved lacrosse coach and is a great advisor. He can be found on the sidelines at games cheering on students and is always up for offering a fun student club. He is also a caring colleague, bringing people together (often for road races) and spreading joy.
Elizabeth Smith, Director of Development
Elizabeth Smith is bright, efficient, forward thinking; She understands the importance of an independent school education. As Director of Development, she has been a fantastic partner in furthering the strategic work of the School. She helped establish and lead both the Strategic Priorities for 2013 and 2020. She has directed all fundraising initiatives, totaling about $14M to date, not including the Annual Fund. A wonderful colleague on the advancement team and a strong liaison to the Board and the Parents Association, she does all of this and more with a sense of humor and gracious spirit and is helping us all benefit from a promising and thriving future. FIVE YEAR MILESTONES
Frances Fremont-Smith, Middle & Upper School Mandarin Teacher
Frances Fremont-Smith is committed to excellence in all she does. She cares deeply about her students, and she instills a love for Mandarin--and for languages in general--with her engaging and fun lessons. Her students adore her. As a dedicated alumnus of the School, she takes our mission to heart and asks students to think about their impact on the world around them. In addition to her role a teacher and an advisor, she serves as Co-Director of International Students, ensuring our international students and families feel welcome.
Christian Kiley, Media Arts Teacher
Christian Kiley teaches his students how to be thoughtful, inventive, and meticulous in the creation of art through the medium of moving pictures. He teaches them how to think like filmmakers while developing their skills as videographers, editors, and screenwriters. He does this through a demonstrated expertise in his craft, skilled teaching, and a sincere dedication to his students. He is a passionate and knowledgeable teacher and a supportive colleague, and he inspires our students with his expertise, creativity, and warmth.
Mallorie Nai, Associate Director of Admissions & Financial Aid and 6th Grade History Teacher
A quick study, smart, resourceful, and a talented problem-solver, Mallorie Nai has been an invaluable asset to our team these past five years and is an incredible colleague and admissions professional. Associate Director of Admissions & Financial Aid, history teacher, math teacher, dedicated advisor, and coach are just some of the other roles she has filled at our school, and her dedication to every part of her job is remarkable. She navigates her roles with ease and grace and has become an invaluable member of our community.
Joshua Neudel, Head of Upper School
Over the past five years, Joshua Neudel has dedicated his heart and soul to our Upper School. He is a trusted confidant, a reliable collaborator, a systems thinker, a person who gives voice to the underrepresented student, and someone who elevates others. His passion to move professional goals and standards forward so our students receive the best education possible is evident every day. He has the ability to match vision with purpose--one that lifts up our teenagers so they can grow and stretch to realize their personal best.